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Midway Between Mystery and Symbol: Yayoi Kusama’s Monochrome

Yayoi Kusama Museum / Tokyo / Art

Yayoi Kusama isn’t associated with monochrome. Her polka dots, pumpkins, and mirrored infinity rooms are exuberantly colored, their groovy palettes suggesting happy acid trips. Yet since antiquity monochrome has been a distinct aesthetic, sometimes in elegant ink-wash paintings, a genre to which Kusama is drawn. Indeed, as far back as the late 50s she employed monochrome. This exhibition explores Kusama in black and white, or in shades of one color, or two. —E.C.

Yayoi Kusama Museum 107 Bentencho, Shinjuku City, Tokyo 162-0851, Japan
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